Health and Psychology The intersection of Buddhism and Western ideas of health, medicine and psychology, is a realm of quickly accelerating research. Our extensive collection of works by the field's leading lights is found below.
Bill, Buddha, and We Laura S., Author
Sylvia Boorstein, Foreword
12 Steps on Buddha's Path is an inspiring firsthand account of what happens when life seems hopeless, and the miracle of finding out that it's anything but.
The author describes her own journey of recovery from alcoholisman astonishing passage through strange and frightening territoryand marks out the path that allowed her to emerge from that darkness as a wise and compassionate person living a life that is joyous and free. This book is a powerful and enriching synthesis of the 12-Step recovery programs and the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism. It is sure to appeal to anyone touched by addiction, including those looking for new ways to understand and work with the tried-and-true 12-Step system. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from Alcoholism and other forms of dependence, and 12 Steps on Buddha's Path offers hope and help for any one of them.
Though writing anonymously out of deep respect for 12-Step policies, the author is in fact a well-known professional author, deeply involved in the recovery and meditation communities.
ISBN:0-86171-281-1_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $10.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time Nyanaponika Thera, Author
Bhikkhu Bodhi, Introduction
The Abhidhamma, the third great division of early Buddhist teaching, expounds a revolutionary system of philosophical psychology rooted in the twin Buddhist insights of selflessness and dependent origination. In keeping with the liberative thrust of early Buddhism, this system organizes the entire spectrum of human consciousness around the two poles of Buddhist doctrine—bondage and liberation, Samsara and Nirvana—the starting point and the final goal. It thereby maps out, with remarkable rigour and precision, the inner landscape of the mind to be crossed through the practical work of Buddhist meditation.
In this book of groundbreaking essays, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, one of our age's foremost exponents of Theravada Buddhism, attempts to penetrate beneath the formidable face of the Abhidhamma and to make its principles intelligible to the thoughtful reader of today. His point of focus is the Consciousness Chapter of the Dhammasangani, the first treatise of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. Basing himself on the detailed list of mental factors that the Abhidhamma uses as a guide to psychological analysis, he launches into bold explorations in the multiple dimensions of conditionality, the nature of consciousness, the temporality of experience, and the psychological springs of spiritual transformation. Innovative and rich in insights, this book does not merely open up new avenues in the academic study of early Buddhism. By treating the Abhidhamma as a fountainhead of inspiration for philosophical and psychological inquiry, it demonstrates the continuing relevance of Buddhist thought to our most astute contemporary efforts to understand the elusive yet so intimate nature of the mind.
Dan Goleman, celebrated author of Emotional Intelligence, in recommending this classic book, says that his former teacher, Venerable Nyanaponika Thera, was "one of the most profound and lucid interpreters of Buddhist psychology in our time."
ISBN:0-86171-135-1_|_176 pp_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work Cheryl A. Giles, Editor
Willa B. Miller, Editor
Powerful and life-affirming, this watershed volume brings together the voices of pioneers in the field of contemplative care-from hospice and hospitals to colleges, prisons, and the military. Each first-person essay offers a distillation of the wisdom gained over years of experience, and vividly shows days-in-the-life of the each pastoral worker. The stories told here are sure inspire-whether you are a professional caregiver or are simply called to serve through giving care. This is a book that can change lives.
ISBN:0-86171-664-7_|_368_|_Our Price: $27.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind B. Alan Wallace, Author
Daniel Goleman, Foreword
As featured in Psychology Today.
Meditation offers, in addition to its many other benefits, a method for achieving previously inconceivable levels of concentration. Author B. Alan Wallace has nearly thirty years' practice in attention-enhancing meditation, including a retreat he performed under the guidance of the Dalai Lama. An active participant in the much-publicized dialogues between Buddhists and scientists, Alan is uniquely qualified to speak intelligently to both camps, and The Attention Revolution is the definitive presentation of his knowledge.
Beginning by pointing out the ill effects that follow from our inability to focus, Wallace moves on to explore a systematic path of meditation to deepen our capacity for deep concentration. The result is an exciting, rewarding "expedition of the mind," tracing everything from the confusion at the bottom of the trail to the extraordinary clarity and power that come with making it to the top. Along the way, Alan also provides interludes and complementary practices for cultivating love, compassion, and clarity in our waking and dreaming lives.
Attention is the key that makes personal change possible, and the good news is that it can be trained. This book shows how.
ISBN:0-86171-276-5_|_224 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness John Makransky, Author
Lama Surya Das, Foreword
Mother Theresa. The Dalai Lama. Nelson Mandela. Gandhi. Some admire such figures from afar and think, How special they are; I could never be like that. But as John Makransky has learned, the power of real and enduring love lies within every one of us. Awakening Through Love is his guide to finding it.
In Awakening Through Love, he pioneers new ways of making Tibetan meditations of compassion and wisdom accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths. Drawing from Tibetan teachings of compassion and the Dzogchen teachings of innate wisdom, and using plain, practical instruction, he helps readers uncover the unity of wisdom and love in the very nature of their minds. Then Lama John describes how to actualize those qualities in every aspect of family life, work, service and social action.
An mp3 audio file of guided meditations by Lama John Makransky is also available to accompany his book. You can download the audio file at http://foundationforactivecompassion.org/audios-videos-texts.
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After the death of her six-week-old son, Liam, Katie Willis Morton embarks on a courageous search for solace and understanding. The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed invites readers to share in her voyage as she travels the world and the landscapes of her own experience. Interweaving what she witnesses - simple rituals like children's baths and picnics, and rites of passage like birth and death - with her own recovery and growth, she discovers that the pain she has experienced is both unavoidable and necessary, a pivotal part of the process of healing that can lead to "a victorious kind of joy, of acceptance." In discovering herself, Morton's story speaks to readers suffering similar tragedies, and indeed to all of us, in an intimate and inspiring story about enduring world-shattering pain and coming out whole.
The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed helps us confront the universal truths of love and loss that we all will eventually and inevitably encounter. This book will be a comfort to anyone who has faced a tragic loss, but not only that, it takes us all on a rich journey, through joy, suffering, and ultimately to hope, in a way that is quietly beautiful and, above all, utterly life-affirming.
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Essays on Theories and Practices Mark Unno, Editor
As both Buddhism and psychotherapy have grown and diversified in Asia as well as in the West, so too has the literature dealing with their interaction. Today, Japan and the United States are the two largest psychotherapeutic cultures in the world, and this volume brings together seminal thinkers in both disciplines on both sides of the Pacific. Both Buddhism and psychotherapy are cultural institutions that evolved over time as their native cultures have evolved, as the configurations of the self have evolved, and as new cultures have assimilated them. And both have transformed the cultures in which they have evolved. Cross-cultural interaction occurs not only between the two disciplines of Buddhist and psychotherapeutic practice (involving various schools and approaches within each) but also across geographical and ethnic boundaries, within the practitioner him- or herself. Contributors explore the creative possibilities emerging from the synergy of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Many conference participants came from a Pure Land Buddhist background (the largest stream of Buddhism in East Asia) , specifically that of Jodo-shin (commonly known as Shin Buddhism), although Buddhist teachers and scholars of the Zen, Tibetan, and Vipassana traditions were also well represented. This volume in particular brings together world-class specialists from the United States and Japan, including Jack Engler, Anne Klein, Jeremy Safran, Naoki Nabeshima, Yasunobu Okada, Taitetsu Unno. They are versed in various forms of psychotherapy and counseling including clinical practice, therapist training, the care of the terminally ill, and in the practice of Tibetan, Zen, Vipassyana and Pure Land Buddhism. This ground-breaking volume offers rich reflections at many levels.
ISBN:0-86171-507-1_|_384 pp_|_Our Price: $15.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Jonathan S. Watts, Editor
Yoshiharu Tomatsu, Editor
Since its beginning, Buddhism has been intimately concerned with confronting and understanding death and dying. Indeed, the tradition emphasizes turning toward the realities of sickness, old age, and death—and using those very experiences to develop wisdom and liberating compassion. In recent decades, Buddhist chaplains and caregivers all over the world have been drawing on this tradition to contribute greatly to the development of modern palliative and hospice care in the secular world at large. Specifically Buddhist hospice programs have been further developing and applying traditional Buddhist practices of preparing for death, attending the dying, and comforting the bereaved.
Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved contains comprehensive overviews of the best of such initiatives, drawn from diverse Buddhist traditions, and written by practitioners who embody the best of contemporary Buddhist hospice care programs practiced all over the world today.
Contributors include Carl B. Becker, Moichiro Hayashi, Yozo Taniyama, Mari Sengoku, Phaisan Visalo, Beth Kanji Goldring, Caroline Prasada Brazier, Joan Jiko Halifax, and Julie Chijo Hanada.
ISBN:1-61429-052-0_|_312_|_Our Price: $18.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A New Healing Paradigm Claus C. Schnorrenberger, Author
Chen-Chiu: A New Healing Paradigm is based on an historic Chinese acupuncture text that remains vital to this day: the Ling-Shu-Jing. Dr. Claus Schnorrenberger, who has produced a well-known translation of Ling-Shu-Jing, here applies his personal medical experience—as a lecturer, and moreover, as an orthodox Western physician and Chinese acupuncturist/herbalist—to the principles of the text.
The result is a new view of the prevailing Western perceptions of Chinese medicines. The author calls into question such concepts as Chi, the meridians, and even acupuncture itself, in order to correct erroneous translations still in use by many to this day. Chen-Chiu provides an epistemological reflection on what Chinese medicine and acupuncture really mean, and adds new contrast and insight into Western and Eastern views of healing. This, the author rightly contends, is essential for the successful integration of Chinese medicines in the West.
Schnorrenberger's book is well-balanced and much-needed, appropriate not only as a reference for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine, but also as a learning aid for patients, health-care workers and administrators, Western physicians, and more.
ISBN:0-86171-137-8_|_424 pp_|_Our Price: $23.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Buddhist Dream Narrative, Imagery, and Practice Serinity Young, Author
Carol Schreier Rupprecht, Foreword
Dreams play a powerful role in the sacred biographies of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism: they foretell the births of religious figures, describe their accomplishments, and reveal esoteric teachings.
In this fascinating study of the Buddhist dream experience, Dr. Serinity Young explores the complex functions of dreams in the sacred biographies of the Buddha and other central Buddhist figures, and reveals the ever-changing nature of dreams in Buddhist thought and practice.
A fascinating, culturally varied picture of the Buddhist dream experience and its revelations about Buddhist ideas of consciousness, cognition, and salvation. Dreams play a powerful role in the sacred biographies of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism; they foretell the births of religious figures, describe their accomplishments, and reveal esoteric teachings. Using biographies of the Buddha and other important Buddhist figures, Serinity Young explores the functions of dreams and maps their role at the intersection of biography, history, and religious belief.
ISBN:0-86171-158-0_|_320 pp_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
We all have a right to the pursuit of happiness—but could we actually be happier if we gave that whole thing up?
This surprising new book from Zen teacher, psychoanalyst, and critical favorite Barry Magid inspires us-in gentle and winking prose-to move on and make peace with the perfection of the way things actually are, including ourselves.
Magid invites us to consider that our "pursuit of happiness" may actually be a source of our suffering. He takes an unusual look at our "secret practices"—what we're really doing when we say we're meditating-like trying to feel calmer, or more compassionate, or even "enlightened" (whatever we imagine that means!). He also uncovers our "curative fantasies" about spiritual practice-those ideas that we can somehow fix all the messy human things about ourselves that we imagine are bad or wrong or unacceptable. In doing so, he helps us look squarely at-and avoid-such pitfalls. Along the way, Magid lays out a rich roadmap of the new "psychological-minded Zen"—a Zen that includes our entire life, our entire personality—as pioneered by his teacher, bestselling author Charlotte Joko Beck.
ISBN:0-86171-553-5_|_208 pages_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Western & Eastern Paths to the Heart, 2nd Expanded Edition Radmila Moacanin, Author
The Essence of Jung's Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism cuts to the heart of two very different yet remarkably similar traditions. The author touches on many of their major ideas: the collective unconscious and karma, archetypes and deities, the analyst and the spiritual friend, and mandalas. Within Tibetan Buddhism she focuses on tantra and relates its emphasis on spiritual transformation, also a major concern of Jung. This expanded edition includes new material on the integration of the two traditions, and the importance of these paths of the heart in today's unsteady world.
ISBN:0-86171-340-0_|_160 pp_|_Our Price: $10.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Half Century of Writings From the Founder of The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order Urgyen Sangharakshita, author
Profoundly knowledgeable and articulate, and equally at home with science, philosophy, myth, art, and poetry, Urgyen Sangharakshita uses every inner avenue to communicate the timeless Dharma to the Western mind. Engaging both the intellect and the heart countless times in a single chapter, the author draws remarkably apt examples from sources as diverse as Orwell, Aeschylus, and Jane Austen. This distilled volume is a primer to the breadth and depth of Buddhist thought and practice.
ISBN:0-86171-585-3_|_792 pages_|_Our Price: $23.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression — An Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism Taigen Dan Leighton, Author
Joan Halifax, Foreword
Faces of Compassion introduces us to enlightened beings, the bodhisattvas of Buddhist lore. They’re not otherworldly gods with superhuman qualities but shining examples of our own highest potential. Archetypes of wisdom and compassion, the bodhisattvas of Buddhism are powerful and compelling images of awakening. Scholar and Zen teacher Taigen Dan Leighton engagingly explores the imagery and lore of the seven most important of these archetypal figures, bringing them alive as psychological and spiritual wellsprings. Emphasizing the universality of spiritual ideas, Leighton finds aspects of bodhisattvas expressed in a variety of familiar modern personages—from Muhammad Ali to Mahatma Gandhi, from Bob Dylan to Henry Thoreau, and from Gertrude Stein to Mother Teresa. This edition contains a revised and expanded introduction that frames the book as a exciting and broad-scoped view of Mahayana Buddhism. It’s updated throughout to make it of more use to scholars and a perfect companion to survey courses of world religions or a 200-level course on Buddhism.
ISBN:1-61429-014-8_|_352_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Ancient Skills for Modern Minds, Revised Edition Joel Levey, Author
Michelle Levey, Author_|_Margaret J. Wheatley, Introduction
Joel & Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing your personal strengths, enhancing the quality of your life, and making a real contribution to your world.
The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation offers a treasury of their most useful teachings:
-Waking up throughout the day-finding your meditation practice and sticking to it.
-Balancing breath, brain, and mind-mastering stress and enhancing performance in every arena of your life.
-Creative intelligence--the dynamic synergy of active and quiet mind skills.
-Mastery, mystery, and meditation-awakening to your true nature.
-Inspired Work--relaxation, concentration, and meditation on the job.
A vital blend of profoundly practical skills, advice, instruction, and encouragement makes the Fine Arts a complete course for awakening more fully to your highest potentials in each moment of your life.
ISBN:0-86171-349-4_|_304 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
40 Time-Tested Tools for Creating a More Compassionate Life Tana Pesso,
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche,
A Spiritually & Practice “Best Spiritual Books of 2010” winner.
First Invite Love In is a beautiful collection of exercises inspired by the ancient meditative arts of Tibetan Buddhism. Tana Pesso and the Penor Rinpoche work together to create a guidebook for anyone who would like to live more compassionately, wisely, and with an open and inviting heart.
Moment by moment, thought by thought, step by step we can transform our minds through time-tested compassion practices, and ultimately create a garden of delight out of any life history or current circumstance, regardless of how traumatic or difficult. There are countless examples of people from all spiritual paths, faiths, and religions who have experienced terrible hardships or even themselves created hardships and suffering for others, who have turned their minds towards love and compassion and found peace and happiness.
ISBN:0-86171-285-4_|_256 pages_|_Our Price: $12.76 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Mark Epstein, M.D.,
Before he began training as a psychiatrist, Mark Epstein immersed himself in Buddhism through influential teachers such as Ram Dass, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Buddhism's positive outlook and the meditative principle of living in the moment profoundly influenced his study and practice of psychotherapy. Going on Being is an intimate chronicle of Epstein's formative years as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems can help anyone change for the better. Epstein gives readers a deeply personal look into his life, thoughts, fears, and hopes, while detailing the influences that have shaped his worldview. Inspiring in its honesty and humility, Going on Being is a compassionate, brilliant look at how uniting the worlds of psyche and spirit can lead to a new way of seeing reality.
ISBN:0-86171-569-1_|_184 pages_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
How To Heal Your Life and Find Self-Fulfillment Gerry Shishin Wick,
Self-compassion. Positive social relations. An enduring sense of freedom and peace.
They're essential parts of our everyday lives, or should be. But each of us struggles with difficult emotions and mental blockages: we might lash out when we should know better, or regress in negatively familiar situations, or struggle with our confidence. These types of problematic reactions occur-and recur-when we're unkind to and negligent of our inner selves.
The Great Heart Way offers us all a way to heal inner wounds and transform our difficult emotions. Anyone can try it, and everyone should.
Using clear language and personal anecdotes, The Great Heart Way shows how to follow the Great Heart Method, an efficacious program for healing and self-fulfillment. The Method is easily incorporated into busy schedules (it can take less than 30 minutes per day), and is accessible to all, regardless of spiritual background.
The Great Heart Way gives readers the tools to safely work through uncovered emotional pain and establish a healthier, happier and well-balanced way of thinking.
ISBN:0-86171-513-6_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Buddhist Woman Confronts Cancer Sandy Boucher, Author
Hidden Spring is the first book to demonstrate in moment-to-moment detail how Buddhist meditation and practice can help us cope with the ordeal of life-threatening disease. In 1995, Sandy Boucher-a well-known Buddhist and feminist writer- was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. In vivid prose, she describes her year-long encounter with the disease, and reveals how meditation techniques and understanding of Buddhist principles prepared her to meet the mental and physical challenges of her illness.
This intimate account of the development of a Western Buddhist meditator is a triumphant tale of the human spirit in its struggle with mortality, and a guide for anyone looking for strength and comfort for their own struggles.
ISBN:0-86171-171-8_|_224 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment Richard Payne,
The massive outpouring of consumer products available today might alone lead one to ask “How much is enough?” But at the same time, if we allow ourselves to see the social, political, economic and environmental consequences of the system that produces such a mass of “goods,” then the question is not simply a matter of one’s own personal choice, but points to the profound interconnectedness of our day to day decisions about “How much is enough?” The ease with which we can acquire massive quantities of food, clothing, kitchenware, and various electronic goods directly connects each of us with not only environmental degradation caused by strip mining in West Virginia, and with sweat shops and child labor in India or Africa, but also with the ongoing financial volatility of Western capitalist economies, and the increasing discrepancies of wealth in all countries.
This interconnectedness is the human environment, a phrase intended to point toward the deep interconnection between the immediacy of our own lives, including the question of “How much is enough?,” and both the social and natural worlds around us. This collection brings together essays from an international conference jointly sponsored by Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. The effects of our own decisions and actions on the human environment is examined from several different perspectives, all informed by Buddhist thought. The contributors are all simultaneously Buddhist scholars, practitioners and activists—thus the collection is not simply a conversation between these differing perspectives, but rather demonstrates the integral unity of theory and practice for Buddhism.
ISBN:0-86171-685-X_|_248 pages_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers Toni Bernhard,
A Spirituality & Practice “Best Spiritual Books of 2010” winner.
This life-affirming, instructive and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick. And it can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or even life-threatening illness.
The author—who became ill while a university law professor in the prime of her career—tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way. Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer engage in those difficult and taxing forms. She had to learn ways to make “being sick” the heart of her spiritual practice—and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. And whether we ourselves are sick now or not, we can learn these vital arts of living well from How to Be Sick.
ISBN:0-86171-626-4_|_216 pages_|_Our Price: $12.76 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow Toni Bernhard,
Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, describes the path to peace amid all of life’s ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author’s experience.
Are a person's perceptions and values altered when facing the end of life? Do the dying see the world in a way that could help the rest of us learn how to live? This book takes us into the lessons of the dying. Through the words and circumstances of the terminally ill, we become immersed in their wisdom and in our own mortality. The dying speak to us in direct and personal ways, pointing toward a wise and sane way to live.
In everyday language we can all understand, Rodney Smith extends the conversation about death to people of all ages and states of health. Through exercises and guided meditative reflections at the end of each chapter, the lessons of the dying become a blueprint for our own growth
ISBN:0-86171-140-8_|_224 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits Martine Batchelor, Author
When we break free from the habits that limit us, a new world of possibilities opens up. In Let Go, Martine Batchelor leads the way there.
Negative patterns of mind may manifest as fear, avoidance, depression, addiction, judgment of self or other-and any of a host of other physical, mental, or psychological forms. Let Go aims at understanding what really lies at the root of these behaviors so we can reclaim their control. Each chapter concludes with an exercise or guided meditation as a tool for the reader to work with negative habits in a new and creative way. You don't have to be a Buddhist for them to work. You just need to want to move on.
Helpful exercises and guided meditations—designed to build understanding of our negative habits, as well as the confidence and skill needed to instead embrace our greatest qualities—appear throughout the book.
Batchelor also looks at Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz's use of meditation to deal with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), successful combinations of meditation and Twelve-Step programs, and offers her own innovations.
ISBN:0-86171-521-7_|_200 pp_|_Our Price: $12.76 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Tibetan Lama's Guidance for Caregivers Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Author
David R. Shlim, Author
It is estimated that some 54 million people in the U.S. act as informal caregivers for ill or disabled loved ones. We can add to these countless workers in the fields of health and human service, and yet there is still not enough help to go around: as many as three fourths of our informal caregivers report "going it alone." It's no wonder that "caregiver burnout" and depression afflict so many.
Sure to be welcomed by caregivers of all types, the groundbreaking new Medicine and Compassion can help anyone reconnect with the true spirit of their caregiving task. In a clear and very modern voice, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dr. David R. Shlim use the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to present practical tools for revitalizing the caring spirit. Readers, in turn, will find their patience, kindness, and effectiveness re-energized.
Offering practical advice on dealing with people who are angry at their medical conditions or their care providers, people who are dying, or the families of those who are critically ill, Medicine and Compassion will strike resonant cords with medical professionals, hospice workers, teachers and parents of children with special needs, and those caring for aging and infirm loved ones.
ISBN:0-86171-478-4_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $17.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Tibetan Lama's Guidance for Caregivers Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Author
David R. Shlim, Author
For countless healthcare professionals-and informal caregivers-a little extra compassion could go a long way. In Medicine and Compassion, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and David R. Shlim, M.D., introduce a training in compassion, with proven methods based on classic Tibetan Buddhist teachings. Caregivers will not only find their patience and kindness re-energized, they will learn to sustain them with less effort. Those in their care will, in turn, feel more at ease and better able to contribute to their own healing.
ISBN:0-86171-512-8_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Odds are that you or someone you know could truly benefit from Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English. After all, who wouldn't like to have less stress-and more enjoyment-from life?
Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English teaches us how to achieve just that, with potent tools that are easy to learn, enjoy, and keep doing. And these practices do so much more than more than allow us freedom from anxiety and stress: they allow us to be a better friend to ourselves, and to the people around us.
ISBN:0-86171-286-2_|_192 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Guide for Therapists and Helping Professionals Thomas Bien, Author
Welcome and much-needed addition to the literature for psychotherapists, therapists-in-training, and occupational therapists and other types of teachers. Mindful Therapy offers to them ways to bring the teachings of Buddhism into a psychotherapeutic practice - and a thorough explanation of the benefits of doing so. The book will be of value to therapists of every variety, in the way that Wisdom's title "Medicine and Compassion," while molded for caregivers in general, was applauded by medical journals.
Author Tom Bien offers an energizing an expansive perspective. Grounded in his understanding of Buddhist teachings, his book suggests a model of integration of particular value to beginning therapists or those still in training, offering ways in which the therapist can mindfully care for themselves amid the challenges of their practice. Tools useful to clients, as well, are discussed.
Bien sees therapists as practicing in the ancient traditions of various healers of spirit, whose greatest skill and gift to others is, above all, the mindful presence.
Mindful Therapy is comprised of a useful, highly-readable balance of theoretical groundwork, personal experience, case studies, and practice exercises.
ISBN:0-86171-292-7_|_304 pp_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Awakened Union of Breath, Body, and Mind Frank Jude Boccio, Author
Georg Feuerstein, Foreword
Whether you have no background in meditation or yoga or have been practicing for years, Mindfulness Yoga is for you. This groundbreaking book introduces an entirely new form of yoga, Mindfulness Yoga, which seamlessly integrates the Buddha's teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with traditional asana yoga practice.
Mindfulness Yoga emphasizes the spiritual side of yoga practice, an aspect often overlooked in a culture that tends to fixate solely on the physical benefits of yoga. Unlike any other Buddhism-meets-yoga book, Mindfulness Yoga presents the two disciplines as a single practice that brings health to the body and liberates the mind and spirit, awakening compassion and fostering equanimity and joy. Mindfulness Yoga will appeal to the many people who have an interest in yoga, Buddhism, and meditation, but who may not have been able to find a teacher who could bring these practices together in a meaningful, practical way.
In the first part of the book, author Frank Jude Boccio offers a superb and lively introduction to the Buddha's teachings and locates them within the larger context of the Indian spiritual traditions. Then, in second half of the book, Boccio offers three complete Mindfulness Yoga sequences, including over 100 pictures, with detailed guidance for body, breath, and mind. Special lay-flat binding makes this book even more useful as a practice aid.
ISBN:0-86171-335-4_|_368 pp_|_Our Price: $15.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Psychotherapy and the Buddha Within Robert Langan, Author
Robert Coles, Foreword
Minding What Matters could be considered part of a new genre, the "literary self-help" book. Echoing the style of Kundera and the insights of Jung, with dashes of The God of Small Things and Thoughts Without a Thinker, this timely book alternates between discursive sections on Buddhist topics and engrossing fictional scenes between a psychotherapist and a patient. Sometimes going so far as to directly address the reader, the book shows how of any one of us can intimately explore his or her mind. By encouraging readers to create a stare of inquiry and allowing them to put themselves into hypothetical situations-such as participating in therapy or engaging in Buddhist practices-the book shows us how to discover our inner thoughts and then act on them in positive ways. At once informative and evocative, Minding What Matters offers an entrancing vision of, in Robert Coles's words, "what is possible to do and to be."
ISBN:0-86171-353-2_|_192 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Historical Introduction to Tibetan Medicine Desi Sangye Gyatso,
Composed while its author was the ruler of Tibet, Mirror of Beryl is a detailed account of the origins and history of medicine in Tibet through the end of the seventeenth century. Its author, Desi Sangyé Gyatso (1653–1705), was the heart disciple and political successor of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and the author of several highly regarded works on Tibetan medicine, including his Blue Beryl commentary on the foundational text of Tibetan medicine, Four Tantras. In the present historical introduction, Sangyé Gyatso traces the sources of influence on Tibetan medicine to classical India, China, Central Asia, and beyond, providing life stories, extensive references to earlier Tibetan works on medicine, and fascinating details about the Tibetan approach to healing. He also provides a commentary on the pratimoksha, bodhisattva, and tantric Buddhist vows. Desi Sangyé Gyatso's Mirror of Beryl remains today an essential resource for students of medical science in Tibet.
The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism Pilar Jennings,
“We cannot find ourselves, or be ourselves, alone.”
—from Mixing Minds
Mixing Minds explores the interpersonal relationships between psychoanalysts and their patients, and Buddhist teachers and their students. Through the author's own personal journey in both traditions, she sheds light on how these contrasting approaches to wellness affect our most intimate relationships. These dynamic relationships provide us with keen insight into the emotional ups and downs of our lives — from fear and anxiety to love, compassion, and equanimity. Mixing Minds delves into the most intimate of relationships and shows us how these relationships are the key to the realization of our true selves.
ISBN:0-86171-616-7_|_288 pages_|_Our Price: $15.16 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A Story About Eating Mindfully Sara Marlowe, Author
Philip Pascuzzo, Illustrator
On an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack, he’s at first disappointed when she hands him an apple—he wanted candy! But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.
Lushly and humorously illustrated, No Ordinary Apple makes a traditional technique for training mindfulness a fun and enjoyable way for children to learn to slow down and appreciate even the simplest things.
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In this inspiring and incisive offering, Barry Magid uses the language of modern psychology and psychotherapy to illuminate one of Buddhism's most powerful and often mysterious technologies: the Zen koan. What's more, Magid also uses the koans to expand upon the insights of psychology (especially self psychology and relational psychotherapy) and open for the reader new perspectives on the functioning of the human mind and heart. Nothing Is Hidden explores many rich themes, including facing impermanence and the inevitability of change, working skillfully with desire and attachment, and discovering when "surrender and submission" can be liberating and when they shade into emotional bypassing. With a sophisticated view of the rituals and teachings of traditional Buddhism, Magid helps us see how we sometimes subvert meditation into just another "curative fantasy" or make compassion into a form of masochism.
Exploring the Common Ground of Zen and Psychotherapy Barry Magid, Author
Charlotte Joko Beck, Foreword
Ordinary Mind offers a groundbreaking synthesis that begins to move us from a psychology of illness into a psychology of wellness. In an engaging, accessible, and often witty style, psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid helps us to understand challenging Zen ideas-oneness, emptiness, no-self, and enlightenment-and explores how they make sense within Western psychotherapeutic conceptions of mind.
As we enter the twenty-first century, more and more people are benefiting from the meditative Eastern traditions as well as from Western psychotherapy. On the analyst's couch and the meditator's cushion, we are fundamentally practicing awareness of the moment-by-moment unfolding of our thoughts and feelings. Many seek to combine a variety of practices within their own lives but feel a certain unease about how exactly these different practices relate to each other.
Is meditation merely an escape from psychological problems? Does a psychological approach to meditation reduce spirituality to "self-help"? How does the use of Prozac fit with spiritual practice? Is the relationship between meditation student and teacher analogous to that between patient and psychotherapist? And most importantly: How can we best learn from these two systems of thought that address the problems of the human mind and of human suffering?
In answering these questions, Magid gives an account of Zen practice and the search for meaning informed by the psychoanalytic theories of self psychology and intersubjectivity.Ordinary Mind shows us that Zen practice, especially when united with the dynamic insights of psychoanalysis, offers us this paradox: a discipline that promises freedom, a hierarchical relationship that fosters true independence, a form that gives formlessness, a transformation that allows everything to be just as it is.
ISBN:0-86171-306-0_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $18.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Common Ground of Zen and Psychoanalysis Barry Magid, Author
Charlotte Joko Beck, Foreword
In his engaging, and witty style, psychiatrist and Zen teacher Barry Magid helps the reader to understand challenging Zen ideas-e.g., oneness, emptiness, enlightenment-and how they make sense within psychotherapeutic conceptions of mind. This new paper edition of Magid's much-praised book contains additional case study vignettes.
ISBN:0-86171-495-4_|_224 pp_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
CONTRIBUTERS:Neil Altman, Joseph Bobrow, Jack Engler, Mark Finn, James Grotstein, Robert Langan, Barry Magid, Stephen A. Mitchell, Raul Moncayo, Stuart Pizer, Owen Renik , Philip A. Ringstrom, Jeffrey B. Rubin, Jeremy D. Safran, Charles Spezzano, Neville Symington, M. Guy Thompson, Sara Weber, Polly Young-Eisendrath
ISBN:0-86171-342-7_|_464 pp_|_Our Price: $15.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Why It Happens, When It’s a Problem, and What We All Can Do Scott Edelstein,
Sex and the Spiritual Teacher looks at the complex of forces that tempt otherwise insightful, compassionate, and well-intentioned teachers to lose their way—and that tempt some of their students to lose their way as well. It analyzes why most of our current efforts to keep spiritual teachers from transgressing usually don't (and in fact can't) work. Perhaps most importantly, it suggests a set of practices and structures that can build community, encourage healthy student-teacher relationships, increase trust and spiritual intimacy between teachers and their students, and help authentic spiritual teachers stay happily monogamous or celibate. Sex and the Spiritual Teacher is for anyone who is or might become part of a spiritual community: students, teachers, clergy, lay leaders, and even casual visitors. It's a reader-friendly, no-nonsense—guide to making spiritual life safer and fuller for all of us one person, relationship, and community at a time.
ISBN:0-86171-596-9_|_264 pages_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
An Exploration of Consciousness His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Author
Francisco Varela, Editor
This is an absorbing account of a dialogue between leading Western scientists and the foremost representative of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
For modern science, the transitional states of consciousness lie at the forefront of research in many fields. For a Buddhist practitioner these same states present crucial opportunities to explore and transform consciousness itself. This book is the account of a historic dialogue between leading Western scientists and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around three key moments of consciousness—sleep, dreams, and death—the conversations recorded here are both engrossing and highly readable. Whether the topic is lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, or the very structure of consciousness itself, the reader is continually surprised and delighted.
Narrated by Francisco Varela, an internationally recognized neuroscientist, the book begins with insightful remarks on the notion of personal identity by noted philosopher Charles Taylor, author of the acclaimed Sources of Self. This sets the stage for Dr. Jerome Engel, Dr. Joyce MacDougal, and others to engage in extraordinary exchanges with the Dalai Lama on topics ranging from the neurology of sleep to the yoga of dreams.
Remarkable convergences between the Western scientific tradition and the Buddhist contemplative sciences are revealed. Dr. Jayne Gackenbach's discussion of lucid dreaming, for example, prompts a detailed and fascinating response from the Dalai Lama on the manipulation of dreams by Buddhist meditators. The conversations also reveal provocative divergences of opinion, as when the Dalai Lama expresses skepticism about "Near-Death Experiences" as presented by Joan Halifax. The conversations are engrossing and highly readable. Any reader interested in psychology, neuroscience, Buddhism, or the alternative worlds of dreams will surely enjoy Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying.
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Buddhism, Daoism, and the Energetic Arts Andy James, Author
Jerry Alan Johnson, Foreword
Combining the genius of Chan (Zen) Buddhism and Daoism with rigorous physical and martial discipline and breathing exercises, the training that originated at China's famous Shaolin Temple was a unique elixir that would change the way the world perceived mind and body. Here, Andy James exposes the hitherto unrecognized spiritual legacy of Shaolin Temple, which has provided modernity with comprehensive, time-tested techniques in martial arts, health maintenance, energetic healing and spiritual transformation.
In addition to Buddhism and Daoism, James explores Qigong (Chi Kung) and the "internal" systems of martial arts such as Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan). While many books have traced Chan's story into Japan, James remains in China to explain how the unique spiritual, martial and energetic traditions of the Shaolin Temple continued to interact and evolve in dynamic relation to culture, society, and the individual. This engaging and very personal book will appeal to martial arts enthusiasts, healing arts professionals, and anyone interested in the mind-body connection.
ISBN:0-86171-352-4_|_208 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
25 Years of Dharma, Drama, and Uncommon Insight Edited by Barbara Gates and Wes Nisker,
For over a quarter century Inquiring Mind has been a pathblazer at the forefront of Buddhism in the West. Rich in insight, humor, and world-renowned expertise, The Best of Inquiring Mind is an unprecedented gathering of wisdom from the minds of some of the most influential thinkers in the realm of modern Dharma.
ISBN:0-86171-551-9_|_360_|_Our Price: $14.36 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
From Before Conception through Early Childhood Anne Maiden Brown, Author
Edie Farwell, Author
This is an inspiring and practical introduction for parents, health workers, policy makers, educators, spiritual students, and others to an integrated system of health care that includes body, emotions, mind, spirit, relationships, and environment. ... An invaluable guide for anyone interested in anything from holistic healthcare to the myths, legends, and child-rearing practices of the Tibetan people.
ISBN:0-86171-579-9_|_256 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Power of Compassion Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Author
Ailsa Cameron, Editor_|_Lillian Too, Foreword
Ultimate Healing shows us that by transforming our minds, especially through the development of compassion, we can eliminate the ultimate cause of all disease. In addition to relating stories of people who have recovered from disease through meditation, Lama Zopa presents practical healing meditations, including white-light healing, compassion meditation, "taking and giving," and techniques to cure depression. Ultimate Healing shows that by opening up to the truths of impermanence, interdependence, and the suffering of others, we can heal our bodies, our lives, and the world around us.
We experience illness on a physical level, but in order to be healed, we must understand where true healing begins: within our hearts and minds. In Ultimate Healing, internationally renowned meditation master Lama Zopa Rinpoche helps us to recognize the root of illness and gives us the tools to create our future happiness. Beginning with stories of people who have recovered from disease through meditation, Rinpoche addresses the central role played by karma and by the mental habit of "labeling" in causing illness, and shows how meditation and thought other techniques for developing compassion and insight can eliminate the ultimate cause of all disease.
ISBN:0-86171-195-5_|_288 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
A New Way of Understanding Yourself and the World Rishi Sativihari,
In fresh and inviting language and making frequent use of strikingly clear diagrams and illustrations, Unlearning the Basics challenges many of our common-sense understandings about ourselves and the world. The author lays out a new way of seeing that enables us to live more serenely, more compassionately, and more free from the slings and arrows of our busy lives.
Along the way, Rishi Sativihari looks at love and grasping, at “the great unfixables,” and at how vulnerability and pain feed the “evolution of character”-all in the service of helping us return to our true home and find new ways to flourish.
Grounded in the Buddhist tradition yet completely free from the formulas of traditional, tired presentations, Unlearning the Basics has an informal, straightforward style that will immediately captivate the reader.
ISBN:0-86171-572-1_|_168 pages_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Radically Experiential Psychology of Buddhism Andrew Olendzki,
Both broad and deep, this eye-opening book is one of the best overviews available of the radical psychological teachings that underlie the Buddhist approach to living a life of freedom and peace.
Sophisticated without being daunting, brilliantly clear without becoming simplistic, Andrew Olendzki’s writing is filled with rich phrases, remarkable images, and the fruits of decades of careful thought. Grounded in deep scholarship, psychological sophistication, and many years of teaching and personal practice, this much-anticipated collection of essays will appeal to anyone looking to gain a richer understanding of Buddhism’s experiential tools for exploring the inner world.
ISBN:0-86171-620-5_|_200 pages_|_Our Price: $12.76 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The Dharma of Cooking: With 108 Delicious Easy Vegetarian Recipes Sandra Garson,
The kitchen is the most vital place on Earth, because survival even now in the age of iPads and large hadron colliders still depends on wholesome, nutritious food. In keeping with this simple truth Veggiyana provides 108 tasty, beloved and simple recipes from around the world. And generously sprinkled throughout—like the perfect blend of herbs and spices are morsels of time-tested wisdom on how to live a life that nourishes both body and spirit. Veggiyana brings the vitality of the worlds kitchens to your own with wisdom and recipes to delight and inspire.
ISBN:0-86171-636-1_|_320_|_Our Price: $15.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual Path Ellen Jikai Birx, Author
Charles Shinkai Birx, Author
Waking Up Together is written for those who want to journey to new depths of intimacy, both spiritually and in their love relationship. The book shows how a committed, long-term relationship can enhance spiritual development and how relationships can be transformed by spiritual practice. Written by two Zen teachers married for thirty-seven years, it shows that relationships and all that arise from them can be a help - not a hindrance! - as we seek greater freedom and joy. It is possible to wake up together!
Going far beyond merely recommending skills and strategies to improve relationships, Waking Up Together serves as a guide in our ongoing process of spiritual discovery and intimacy. Throughout the book the authors intermingle stories and poems along with anecdotes from their married life, empowering couples to awaken to an ever-expanding experience of relationship that is full of spontaneity, mystery, awe, love, and unlimited possibility. Waking Up Together will be useful for couples of all persuasions. It affirms and encourages couples to cultivate the richness of their own relationship, and open to the unbounded potential of love.
ISBN:0-86171-395-8_|_256 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
Transforming Your Anxiety About Impermanence and Death Lama Zopa Rinpoche,
Our anxiety around sickness, old age, and death can be a “wholesome fear”—a fear with a positive quality that ultimately enriches and nourishes our lives. Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows us how we can use our anxiety as a high-octane fuel to really live what's most important, and Kathleen McDonald presents meditations that integrate these teachings and lead to peace, compassion, and joy for ourselves and others. Doing so will help us to live well and, when the time comes as it inevitably will, to die well too. It's never too early to start making this most important of efforts—and, fortunately, it is never too late.
ISBN:0-86171-630-2_|_160 pages_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
This engaging and accessible little book is filled with both humor and profound teaching. It presents 108 metaphors for mindfulness, meditation practice, the nature of the self, change, deep acceptance, and other related concepts that Dr. Kozak has cultivated over twenty-five years of meditating, practicing yoga, and working as a clinical psychologist.
Metaphors are indispensable to understanding mindfulness, and to help deeply internalize it and make it a part of everyday life. These mentally catchy images can motivate us to practice, show us how and where to bring mindfulness to life in our personal experience, and help us employ powerful methods for transformation.
ISBN:0-86171-576-4_|_240 pages_|_Our Price: $11.96 (20% OFF)_|_More Info
The benefits of practicing true listening are very real. Through refining our listening skills, we not only understand just what to say; we also understand when not to say anything at all. We become more open, present, and responsive. In turn, we renew the sense of peace within ourselves.
And the effects on our romantic, family, and professional relationships are undeniable.
In The Wisdom of Listening, award-winning author, teacher, and trainer Dr. Mark Brady and contributors that include Ram Dass and A.H. Almaas, help us to develop the "listening warrior" inside us all. Inspiring and easy to follow, the lessons here can transform the ways that we interact with others, whether in a large meeting or in a face-to-face encounter.
Listening is almost a lost art: some of us may have forgotten how to do it; some of us may have never quite learned. The Wisdom of Listening gives readers the skills to overcome our culture's tendency towards distraction and reaction, and to be more fully in the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Brady, Ph.D. has taught graduate courses in deep listening for the last dozen years. He has written three books, numerous articles for journals and national magazines, and has also won the Jack London Prize for fiction.
ISBN:0-86171-355-9_|_320 pp_|_Our Price: $13.56 (20% OFF)_|_More Info